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Statement by President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton on the death of Elif Yavuz

New York, NY

We were shocked and terribly saddened to learn of the death of Elif Yavuz in the senseless attacks in Nairobi. Elif devoted her life to helping others, particularly people in developing countries suffering from malaria and HIV/AIDS. She had originally worked with our Health Access Initiative during her doctoral studies, and we were so pleased that she had recently rejoined us as a senior vaccines researcher based in Tanzania. Elif was brilliant, dedicated, and deeply admired by her colleagues, who will miss her terribly.  On behalf of the entire Clinton Foundation, we send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Elif’s family and her many friends throughout the world.

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A few weeks ago I posted an article about a group of students in Kenya who started an internet site for reporting corruption at their universities.  They did this having attended a townterview with Hillary Clinton conducted by Fareed Zakaria of CNN and Beatrice Marshall of KTN at the University of Nairobi in August 2009 where Hillary said this.

I think there ought to be a way to use interactive media, especially the internet, obviously, and some of the new vehicles like Twitter, et cetera, to report in real time allegations of corruption.

The students have taken this idea from concept to action and shared with me an amazing video they made.  Here is their website, Not in My Country, with information the likes of which you would not find in Peterson’s,  and here is their video with a tribute to Hillary, as their inspiration, at the end.  Great work!  Very courageous!

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For Hillary Clinton fans and loyalists, there is nothing better than having the last smirk.  The media turned a blind eye in August 2009, when then Secretary of State Clinton toured Africa rather extensively,  except for two occasions.

One was a night out in Nairobi when,  after a rather taxing official day when she spoke at the AGOA  Forum, she hit the dance floor prompting her husband to remark in a TV interview that he wondered how he could get her to come home to  New York and do that.  The second was during a town hall with Congolese students when she went all New York on a student who asked her what President Clinton thought of something.



Few news sources, however, bothered to cover a university town hall in Nairobi the day after our  dancing queen demonstrated her ability to get down.  On stage with Fareed Zakaria and Dr. Sally Kosgey, Kenyan minister for education, science, and technology,  at the University of Nairobi,  Secretary Clinton said this.

I said in my speech yesterday before the AGOA Forum, quoting one of our famous judges, that sunlight is the best disinfectant. And I think there’s an opportunity for young people and for civil society to use modern technology to run corruption watches and reporting. There are some examples of this beginning around the world where you basically surface what is going on. And it goes on at all levels of society, and frankly, look, it goes on in our society. We have to go after it all the time ourselves. You have seen people get arrested in America, whether they’re governors or they’re Congress members, if there is a belief that they have committed an act of corruption.

And I think there ought to be a way to use interactive media, especially the internet, obviously, and some of the new vehicles like Twitter, et cetera, to report in real time allegations of corruption.

Although this message was not widely seen here, the Kenyan students heard her loud and clear and took her words very seriously as The Daily Nation Reports.

Corruption? Don’t try it at my university please

By EVERLINE OKEWO eokewo@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted  Monday, April 22   2013 at  01:00

A group of 15 graduates have localised a global whistleblowing website to report indecent activities by university lecturers and administrative personnel.

Notinmycountry.org, an Internet site developed by concerned individuals, among them professionals and students who prefer to remain anonymous, is now in Kenya and university students are using it to expose malpractices in their institutions, including corruption.


The founders say that the creation of the local chapter of notinmycountry.org was inspired by a statement made by former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton when she visited Kenya in 2009.

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So while we Hillary followers were somewhat frustrated at the time with the paltry coverage this trip received,  it is heartening to see young  people turn her words into actions that address problems they have identified in their environment.  We hope she is aware of the difference she has made in the lives of these students.

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Earlier posts provided some details about Mme. Secretary’s meetings in Nairobi with representatives of civil society, the Somali Roadmap Signatories, the Supreme Court Chief Justice Mutunga, and the embassy staff.  There were no press releases about her other meetings, but here are some pictures of her day beginning with her departure this morning from Entebbe.  We see her landing in Nairobi, meeting with President Kibaki, Prime Minister Odinga (he tweeted one of those pics himself), and proceeding to a meeting with National Assembly Speaker Marende on an artfully photographed stairway.

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There is apparently some confusion as to her exact whereabouts at the moment. An unverified source has her on the ground in South Africa (city unspecified), but according to her itinerary the next stop is supposed to be Malawi.  If she indeed stopped off in Lilongwe before proceeding to South Africa, we have no confirmation of it nor photos to confirm it..  As long ago as last Sunday, sources in Malawi  had her spending tomorrow there where it is now just past 2 a.m.

Other unverified sources have her meeting up with Liberian President  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Ghana for the funeral of Ghanaian President John Atta Mills who died suddenly and unexpectedly on July 24.  None of the above  is verified by the State Department.  Ghana was originally rumored to have been on the itinerary for this trip  which is scheduled to end August 10, the day of the Mills funeral.  The schedule released by DOS on July 30 does not include a Ghana stop,  and a public revision has not been released.

Clinton, Ellen Meet in Ghana, To attend late Ghanaian President’s Funeral

Written by  Observer Staff  Thursday, 02 August 2012 12:37

The United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will be among several world leaders expected to attend the funeral of late Ghanaian President J. Atta Mills on August 10, 2012.

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EDITED TO ADD THIS:  This article, which provides insight into the security precautions taken for HRC’s sojourn in Kenya,  counters the SABC report that she has arrived in South Africa.  It is morning in Kenya now.  She will be leaving soon.

Clinton held talks with President Mwai Kibaki at State House, Nairobi.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 – Security was tightened in Nairobi following the visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who arrived in the Kenyan capital on Saturday morning.

The US Secretary of State flew in from Uganda, where she met President Yoweri Museveni. She arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 8.20am with a fleet of up to 20 staff.

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We  already know the next stop is Kenya.  Here are some details from local press.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 3 – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lands in Kenya on Saturday for a one-day official tour.


She is scheduled to arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 8am, and from there travel to the city centre for meetings with President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.

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Raise your hand if you know who Odinga is.

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Embassy Meet and Greet


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Nairobi, Kenya
August 6, 2009

Date: 08/06/2009 Description: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses U.S. Embassy employees in Nairobi, Kenya August 6, 2009. - State Dept Image

AMBASSADOR RANNEBERGER: Well, please everyone, please. Thank you. Well, thank you. Thank you very much, everyone, for coming. I am extremely honored today to have with us the Secretary of State. It’s really a great pleasure and a privilege to welcome you, Madame Secretary, to the U.S. mission, and really to our mission community. That you’ve come to Africa and to Kenya first so early in your tenure is most encouraging to us all, and it does send, I think, a really impressive message of the Administration’s determination to engage with the African continent in a major way.

In your recent address to the Council on Foreign Relations, you emphasized, quote, “a new era of American engagement,” in part through the exercise of, quote “smart power,” unquote. Clearly, Madame Secretary, we have that opportunity and challenge in Kenya to support full implementation of the reform agenda. And your visit has been instrumental, I think, in advancing that substantially.

Madame Secretary, while engaging across the foreign policy spectrum you have also found the time to encourage greater openness and dialogue within the State Department, thus fostering a true team spirit. In that spirit, I am honored to invite you to address our superb team.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much.

AMBASSADOR RANNEBERGER: And let me just note that we also have two congresspeople with us, Congressman Payne, Congressman Lowey. We’re delighted to have you with us. And of course, the famous – infamous – whatever – Johnnie Carson, who – I don’t know where he is — former ambassador here who’s well-loved. (Applause.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I will certainly tell Johnnie that he was applauded in absentia. (Laughter.) But part of the reason he’s not here is that the trip that this team put together was absolutely first-rate, and it was not only well thought through and well executed, but it was demanding and very much on point in terms of the issues that you’re addressing every day here at this mission.

I want to begin by thanking the ambassador. I appreciate the terrific job he’s doing here in Kenya, and he’s made a point of telling me what a pleasure it is to have a first-rate team like all of you. We know that there is an incredible amount of pride that the ambassador feels in the work you do. Well, I do as well, and so does your country. And I thank you for working here to further and deepen our relationship with an important friend and partner.

I am constantly reminded as I travel around the world and get a chance to work with our great teams of the professionalism and the dedication that you evidence. And of course, this team is one of the biggest we have. It’s the biggest in Sub-Saharan Africa, and it competes with Cairo for being the biggest on the entire continent. And I know that it is a team filled with not only dedicated Foreign Service officers and civil servants from the State Department and USAID, but from many agencies across our government as well as our locally engaged staff who are keys to our success here, as they are to our success and our efforts around the world. (Applause.)

Oh, here comes the famous Johnnie Carson, so you can applaud him in person. (Applause.)

Those of you who’ve had the pleasure of working with Johnnie – and I first met him when he was ambassador to Zimbabwe, when Zimbabwe was Zimbabwe all of those years ago — (laughter) – you know that he is tireless and extremely dedicated. I did tell him just a few hours ago that I honestly thought he was trying to kill me. This is our first stop and we’ve already jammed so many important events and meetings into it that it’s hard to even think that we’ve got six more countries to go. But I’m thrilled to have persuaded Ambassador Carson to become Assistant Secretary Carson, and I think that when I say and when President Obama said in his important speech in Ghana that we intend to make Africa a priority, you can count on Johnnie Carson to make sure that happens. (Applause.)

I’m also delighted to have with us two members of Congress. Congressman Donald Payne is well known to many of you who have served in Africa. He is probably the most dedicated member of Congress to our relationship with the continent. He knows many of the leaders and has traveled extensively, so I’m so pleased he could be here. I told President Sheikh Sharif when I had a very long and productive meeting with him just a little while ago that I appreciated the fact that when Donald was in Somalia, he actually got out safely. This mission doesn’t deserve any more crises than* you’ll have to deal with.

And of course, that brings to mind, tragically, my visit to the memorial this morning honoring the victims of the attack 11 years ago. I met a number of the embassy personnel who were in that attack who suffered injuries who have bravely carried on, but the courage of our embassy personnel and the continued commitment of those who both lost loved ones, who were injured as well, is an incredible inspiration. And the resilience of Mission Kenya is a testament to the deep values that the United States and Kenya share. And I really was touched by the memorial and what it stands for and its efforts to try to renew a spirit of peace and commitment to a better future.

I know how instrumental you all were as well in the aftermath of the last election, the violence that resulted from it. You played a key role in helping to bring the Kenyan Government and the country back from the brink of disaster to forge a coalition agreement, and now we’ve got to realize the reforms that were supposed to be part of the agreement: a new constitution, reforming the electoral system, reforming the judiciary, reforming the police, and bringing to justice those who committed crimes and violence in the aftermath of the election. And to end the impunity for corruption is critical to the future of Kenya. And I’m proud that our embassy team has stood for those fundamental values, certainly before, but especially in the aftermath of the election. Yesterday, at the AGOA forum, I brought a message from President Obama.

I have relayed messages in every meeting and interview that I have done since I’ve been here, and I can’t imagine any embassy that the President would be prouder of than this embassy here in Kenya. He cares deeply about this country and its future. He asked me to deliver a very tough message, which I did word-for-word to the leaders that I met with yesterday. But it is a message that is accompanied by the love he feels and the connection he feels to this country. And I can only hope that his dreams for Kenya and Kenyans’ dreams for themselves will be realized with our help, with our support, with our encouragement, and with exercising, perhaps, some tough-minded efforts and actions that can send the right message to those who are working so hard to realize the reforms that are needed.

I am grateful to each and every one of you for your sacrifice, and I know the sacrifice of your families. It is not easy, serving abroad in today’s climate. It is not easy, sometimes, being a locally engaged staff member for our mission. But what you’re doing is very important, and especially now with our new President’s commitment to making Africa a centerpiece – not an afterthought, but a centerpiece – of American foreign policy, your role and responsibility becomes even more important.

This has been a very important trip. It’s been an extremely demanding one, and I am grateful for the contributions that each and every one of you has made. But I have been to many embassies over the course now of about 16 years serving in the White House and the Senate and now in my new position, and I know that there is a custom that is looked forward to, to be followed called a wheels-up party. (Laughter.) And I can’t think of a group that has earned a wheels-up party more than this one, Ambassador. So I can only hope that when you finally see the tail of my plane get up and off the tarmac, you can breathe a deep sigh of relief at a job well done, take a few minutes to celebrate this wonderful evidence of the close relationship that we have and the work ahead of us, and then, as you always do, get back to work to make the dreams that we hold for a better world see reality right here in Kenya.

Thank you all and God bless you.

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Ceremony Commemorating Victims of Embassy Bombing


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Memorial Park, Nairobi, Kenya
August 6, 2009

I appreciate greatly the commitment of the Kenyan government to partner with us and other nations and people around the world against the continuing threat of terrorism which respects no boundaries, no race, ethnicity, religion, but is aimed at disrupting and denying the opportunity for people to make their own decisions and live their own lives

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-08/05/09  Interview With Andrea Mitchell of NBC;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Intercontinental Hotel; Nairobi, Kenya

-08/06/09  Interview With Bill Odidi of Metro FM;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Nairobi, Kenya
-08/06/09  Interview With Fareed Zakaria of CNN;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Nairobi, Kenya
-08/06/09  Interview With Fatuma Sanbur of IQRA FM;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Nairobi, Kenya
-08/06/09  Interview With Seanice Kacungira of Capital FM;  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Nairobi, Kenya

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Remarks at Wreath Laying at Memorial Park Commemorating Victims of August 7, 1998 Embassy Bombings


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Nairobi, Kenya
August 6, 2009

(In progress) not only commit oneself to work in peace among peoples, but to stand as a living symbol against those who favor death over life. The people also with me are the trustees of this memorial. I want to thank all of you. I know that this was a labor of love and commitment, and it was a private sector/civil society mission that has manifest itself in this visible reminder of all that was lost on August 7th, 1998.
I remember with my husband meeting a lot of the American survivors and their families and those who had not survived, and we spent time with each of them. It was so heart-wrenching to hear the stories of loss and pain. And it is heartening to me now to be standing here to see what that loss and pain has been (inaudible).
I appreciate greatly the commitment of the Kenyan Government to partner with us and other nations and peoples around the world against the continuing threat of terrorism, which respects no boundaries, no race, ethnicity, religion, but is aimed at disrupting and denying the opportunity of people to make their own decisions and live their own lives.
So this is for us and my delegation, particularly the three members of Congress who are with me today, an opportunity to renew our resolve, our resolve to do all that we can to ensure that these attacks don’t take more innocent lives in the future, and to renew our commitment to search for peace and reconciliation with all who are willing to turn from the path of violence. And I am particularly pleased that the survivors are here, and I want to thank them personally for the example that they have set.
And I’ve told this young man, who lost both of his parents, but has just done very well in school and is being raised by his grandparents, that I am going to tell President Obama about him, because I want President Obama to know about the incredible courage that you have shown in the years since you’ve lost so much.
So to all of you, thank you. Thank you and God bless you and God bless Kenya.

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Remarks at Launch of the Bilateral Investment Treaty with Mauritius


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Intercontinental Hotel
Nairobi, Kenya
August 5, 2009

Thank you so much, Secretary Carson. (Applause.)
Well, I’m very happy to be here for this occasion. I think the remarks that have already been put forth, particularly by the minister, illustrate the commitment that Mauritius has had over a number of years, going back to the 1980s, to the ingredients that build a good business climate and attract investments. And we are here to embark on the next step in that relationship.
I’m very grateful to be here with Assistant Secretary Carson and Ambassador Kirk to announce the start of formal negotiations toward a bilateral investment treaty between Mauritius and the United States, often known as a BIT. First time I heard that, I thought it had something to do with horses – (laughter) – but it has to do with increasing business and investment opportunities.
When President Obama addressed the Ghanaian parliament, he said that the United States can do more to promote trade and investment in Africa. Negotiations like this one are a very important step in that direction. We seek to invest for the benefit of African nations as well as for our own. A better investment climate helps create jobs, sparks new industries, and drives broad-based, inclusive growth. Especially during this global economic crisis, as countries on every continent strive to recover, we know that there are certain steps that can be taken even during a recession that will better position a country for the future: diversification, which we spoke about at the opening session of AGOA; seeking and earning foreign investment, is a critical source of capital; looking for the partnerships that will create new opportunities for technology to blossom, for entrepreneurs and their ideas find markets.
Mauritius has taken steps in recent years to attract investment by enacting reforms that protect investors and promote business. They’ve made it easier to launch start-ups, to access credit, and to register property. They’ve demonstrated a commitment to transparency, accountability, and good governance. Now, the people of Mauritius have been the primary beneficiaries of these reforms; it does help to unlock human potential and to create conditions where people feel that their hard work will actually be rewarded. And so investment in Mauritius has already increased. And in fact, as I think Ambassador Kirk said, Mauritius has attracted more investment in the last three years than it did in the preceding twenty years.
President Obama and I share a belief that investment and trade should not be ends in themselves but tools to actually spread development and opportunity deep within societies. As I just said at the AGOA Forum, we seek to integrate our strategy for development with our trade and investment policies. It is something that we think makes good sense. It is not possible to separate them one from the other. Done right, negotiations like this will enhance the investment climate.
There are many ways that the Obama Administration intends to demonstrate its commitment to Africa, and we will do that in large ways and small. But this investment treaty is a real example that we would like others to look at and see what steps need to be taken to move along this path with us. We have with other partners in Sub-Saharan Africa, such as Mozambique and Rwanda. And we hope to collaborate with other AGOA partners, such as Ghana, to deepen trade and investment ties – including work that could lead to bilateral investment treaties.
Now, Mauritius may be a small country, but it has the potential to make a big impact, both by contributing to Africa’s overall prosperity and by showing the way, providing an example of how other nations can stimulate growth by setting clear and fair rules for the benefit of those who wish to do business in Mauritius.
I think that the Mauritian Government deserves a real vote of congratulations from us, because it wasn’t easy getting here. This is not something that you wake up and say, well, I think we’ll try to create the climate for bilateral investment treaties. And there were, I think, circumstances along the way that seemed somewhat daunting. But the perseverance and persistence that has been demonstrated by the Mauritian Government over the years has paid off. There are no easy or quick fixes. AGOA provides a framework that is not yet fully utilized and which we are urging every country that is a partner with us to be creative, to look for ways to enhance business and investment opportunities. And then to move on to the bilateral investment treaty prospect provide even more opportunities.
So I congratulate the Mauritian Government on this step today. I look forward to additional collaboration. But I also welcome and invite other countries as well. A long, hard journey starts with a first step. The AGOA countries have taken that step, but now we want to work with you, and Ambassador Kirk and Assistant Secretary Carson and I view our presence here today not as a stopover, but as an ongoing commitment. We are ready to work with countries and businesses to help you take greater advantage of AGOA, and we are ready to work with any country that wants to take the same path that Mauritius has taken to this day as well.
Thank you very much. (Applause.)

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Statement from Secretary Clinton in Nairobi, Kenya


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Intercontinental Hotel
Nairobi, Kenya
August 5, 2009

I wanted to stop in and I will have more to say about this later as the day goes on.

But obviously I am very happy and relieved to have these two young women – Laura Ling and Euna Lee – on their way home to their families. I spoke to my husband on the airplane and everything went well and we are extremely excited that they will be reunited soon when they touch down in California. And it is just a good day to be able to see this happen.

But as I said I’ll have more to say later. I want to wait until they are actually at home, they’ve landed, they are with their families, and they’ve had a chance to have a little time with each other.

Thank you.

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